8 Hilariously Horrifying Moving Accidents -- and What We Learned

A whole lot can go wrong when you move: Your favorite armoire gets chipped. The Xbox gets dented. Dishes break. Discs get slipped. But while (relatively) minor mishaps like these are par for the course, you should thank the deity of your choice if these are the biggest setbacks you encounter. Because things can get worse -- a lot worse.

As proof, check out these moving accidents -- many blessedly caught on video -- that illustrate the true perils of engineering a change in address. Watch, wince, and learn.

Lesson No. 1: Take low clearance signs seriously

In Durham, NC, there's a bridge that opens up trucks like a can opener. Located at the corner of South Gregson and West Peabody streets, with a clearance of 11 feet, 8 inches, it's been the bane of rushing truckers for a long, long while -- long enough, in fact, that an entire website is devoted to its ruthless vehicle decapitations. One such victim would be the following Two Men and a Truck drivers who failed to heed the trio of flashing warning signs, and paid dearly.

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Lesson No. 2: Strap it down already

Professional piano movers have their own (expensive) niche market, so it makes sense that you might consider moving those ivory keys yourself. After all, how hard can it be? Not so hard … as long as you make sure to strap it down with some rope. Lots of rope! You don't just let a 600-pound instrument roll around freely in the back of a pickup or else, well, see below.

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Lesson No. 3: Consider wind resistance

Another reason to really tie things down? Wind resistance. These drivers anticipated that the movers in front of them were about to lose their mattress. They were right.

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Lesson No. 4: Don't try to squeeze your car into a U-Haul

Why did these people want to put their hatchback in a regular U-Haul? Why did they use a makeshift ramp? Why did the driver speed into the makeshift ramp? We may never know the answers to these questions, but it's pretty clear these guys are going to be shelling out a lot more than they had wanted to.

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Lesson No. 5: Line up enough manpower for the job

Movers are expensive, so it's understandable you'd want to try to do with as few hands as possible. But when you're hoisting heavy objects upstairs -- particularly an industrial-size spool wound with heavy wire -- you should really splurge and hire more than two people. It's hard to say whether this video is real or staged, but it's one of the most recognizable moving accidents on the Internet, and we'd be remiss if we didn't include it and the lesson within: Man up.

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Lesson No. 6: Be very careful lowering objects out of windows

When you live on the third story, it makes sense that, rather than dragging a 32-inch TV down all those stairs, you'd try lowering it out the window right onto the back of your pickup. If you do, you may want to use something stronger than a tarp and some rope, because that approach didn't work out too well for this guy's TV or his truck.

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Lesson No. 7: Definitely don't just throw heavy objects overboard

While people often worry about the damage they'll do to the furniture, this snafu with amateur Russian movers illustrates what could happen to your home, too.

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Lesson No. 8: When in doubt, take the stairs

And pivot.